ROLE OF CERSIS
BioPharm: One way to improve regulatory science (from a drug- review standpoint) is to work with the industry directly to identify
and fill in scientific and technological gaps that exist across drug development and manufacturing. FDA has created a few
grant-based CERSIs, specifically with Georgetown University (GU), the University of Maryland (UMD), and the State of Arkansas.
Will the agency be opening any additional centers of excellence?
FDA: We hope in future to fund one to two additional CERSIs, outside the region, but if and when, depends on availability of funding.
BioPharm: Can you comment on the staff training workshops held to date with these centers and their benefit to agency reviewers?
FDA: Agency reviewers have had the opportunity to participate in training events sponsored by both UMD and GU CERSIs. These events
have provided continuing medical education to staff and opportunities to network with leading researchers from around the
country. Additionally, agency reviewers have also had the opportunity to maintain their scientific and medical skills by participating
in clinical work, research, or teaching opportunities at UMD and GU CERSI.
ADVANCING REGULATORY SCIENCE
BioPharm: Section 1124 of FDASIA states that the US HHS Secretary should have a strategy and implementation plan 'for advancing regulatory
science for medical products in order to promote the public health and advance innovation in regulatory decision-making' by
July 2013. What is FDA's role?
FDA: FDA is taking the lead in developing the Strategy and Implementation Plan for Medical Products as required in Section 1124
BioPharm: Are any additional major goals expected beyond FDA's current strategic plan surrounding regulatory science?
FDA: No, FDA expects to stay within the framework outlined in the Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science. The major areas of focus
outlined in the Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science identify broad areas where advances in regulatory science are needed
and are thus quite comprehensive. It is expected that the annual progress reports, which will follow in 2014 and 2016, will
include more detailed information on specific accomplishments related to regulatory science.